Endoscopy costs huge

Endoscopy costs too much to be sustained as the diagnostic test for celiac Endoscopy is an expensive medical procedure done to diagnose [or more usually confirm] the presence of the intestinal damage of celiac disease - and celiac disease is in turn defined by endoscopy (the diagnostic procedure). This is inter-dependence on each other is what's known as a tautology. In other words, you cannot officially have celiac disease without endoscopic … [Read more...]

Gastric reflux and bad behaviour

Did you know that gastro-esophageal reflux disease can present as a behaviour disturbance? Misconstrued as naughty. To explain, I'd like to tell you about a boy called Andrew. He first came to see me in my clinic when he was just 3 months old: he was screaming, distressed, regurgitating, vomiting, and waking hourly during the night, crying. He had classic gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GORD, or GERD) which was successfully treated with acid … [Read more...]

Gluten Summit deal – amazing value

As you probably know, I’ve been listening to The Gluten Summit this week just like so many of you. Are you as amazed as I am?!  Over 100,000 people registered! 29 researchers, clinicians, nutritionists and other opinion leaders all gave their time to this unique event—and shared some of the most incredible things I have EVER heard.  How does the world not know this stuff yet? Dr. Alessio Fasano said, “The gut is not like Las Vegas, what … [Read more...]

Serious flaw in Joint BSPGHAN and Coeliac UK Guidelines

It is my opinion that gastroenterology groups who developed diagnostic guidelines for celiac disease have forgotten that they are dealing with very real people who have significant illness.   They seem to have forgotten about the suffering of the children, the anguish of their parents, and the potential serious health implications of late diagnosis.  This is a serious flaw.  I believe that attention should be focussed on early diagnosis, not … [Read more...]

Celiac disease language – please change it

I have been thinking about what I say to my patients. As you know, I see a lot of children and their parents who have celiac disease. However, when these people have been on a strict gluten-free diet, their celiac disease should have got completely better, and therefore they should not be called "diseased" any longer. So when I see healthy children in my clinic, who have previously been diagnosed with celiac disease,I do not see them as … [Read more...]

How common is celiac disease?

 Linda asks: "What do you think the "true" statistics are for celiac? I know in Canada they say 1 in 10." Thanks for the question, the answer is complex (as are most discussions concerning gluten!).  I have just looked up my old "Nelson" textbook of pediatrics which was written in 1975, that's nearly 40 years ago. There are just 2 pages devoted to celiac disease, with an estimate of celiac disease of occurring in 1-in-300 people in England and … [Read more...]

Gluten can disrupt growth hormone

Many research studies show that gluten interferers with hormones. Gluten has been demonstrated to mount autoimmune reaction against the pituitary gland in the brain (your pituitary gland is responsible for the production of a number of hormones, including Growth Hormone. This autoimmune attack might cause a significant reduction in growth hormone that is crucial for proper growth in children. This is a very important finding. The take home … [Read more...]

Who is speaking at the Gluten Summit?

Who is speaking at the Gluten Summit? I am honored to be part of this major event. Learn all about gluten related disorders and gluten harm.  Who should adopt a gluten free diet?  Should you?  Find out.    It is a "virtual" summit - online for everyone, at no charge.  But you do have to register.  The hope is that this information will be a catalyst, or tipping point, for the widespread understanding of gluten-related … [Read more...]

Another baby with gastric reflux (GORD, GERD)

 Sally is now 6 months old. Mother says, “She is a completely changed baby”. She goes on to tell me, “it’s so good to be able to enjoy her now, not to just tolerate her behavior”.   Sally had been a very difficult for baby. In the first few months she had been upset, screaming all the time, very unsettled and thrashing about distressed. She would wake with inconsolable crying and be on off the breast. She was not gaining weight well. She was … [Read more...]

A typical gluten related illness

Joseph is a typical gluten intolerant child, he is now 12 years old. He came to my clinic when he was 10 years old complaining mostly about his tummy pain. Joseph had been complaining and whinging every morning about his sore tummy. He had also had constipation, that is difficulty passing his bowel motions. He was often bloated with a tight-feeling tummy. He also had some regurgitation of acid into his mouth and felt his stomach was burning at … [Read more...]